Bee aware, deadline approaches to get bee calendars
October 14, 2010
• Benefits bee preservation efforts
• A bee a month it shall be
January’s photo in the North American Bee Calendar (Photyo by Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis Department of Entomology)
Friday, Oct. 15 is the first of two deadlines to order the North American Bee Calendar, a project benefiting the pollinator habitat work of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Great Sunflower Project. University of California, Davis, scientists contributed to it.
The 9x12 calendar spotlights a different bee genus each month, with notes on preferred plants, nesting needs, and guidance on how to identify the genus, says project coordinator Celeste Ets-Hokin, a Bay Area native bee enthusiast. The calendar features photos by Rollin Coville, who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Berkeley.
The calendars are priced at $15 each.
Bees come in many variations, as the pages of the calendar show. Appearing in the calendar and the scientific names are:
January: Honey Bee (Apis)
February: Bumble Bee (Bombus)
March: Digger Bee (Habropoda)
April: Mason Bee (Osmia)
May: Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum)
June: Ultra Green Sweat Bee (Agapostemon)
July: Leafcutter Bee (Megachile)
August: Squash Bee (Peponapis)
September: Long-horned Bee (Melissodes)
October: Carder Bee (Anthidium)
November: Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa)
December: Cuckoo Bee (Epeolus)
The deadline to submit all orders is Tuesday, Nov. 30.